Principal Jill Carlson manages Crownhill Elementary with definite and thoughtfully considered notions of leadership. She believes in a shared leadership model, which enables leaders of all types to emerge from all areas of school operations. But she maintains a firm hand on the rudder, keenly aware of the specific teaching and learning environment in each classroom.
In her own words...
Shared leadership is crucial. Every member of the Crownhill team must be part of the leadership team. With a clear and shared vision, each team member has ownership in the comprehensive school plan.
I look at each classroom and ask myself the question — would I feel confident and comfortable putting my own two children in that classroom? If I can’t answer “yes” honestly, it is my job to work with that teacher (and team) to create a plan that revises and refines that teacher’s instructional skills. It is also my job to have those hard conversations that lead to a stronger instructional base and higher-level proficiencies. Together we build a strong set of teaching skills. I lead by example. I coach the teacher or team on how to read data, create functional lesson plans and create instructional practices that enable greater student achievement.
Dedicated Staff. Committed Leadership
Crownhill staff take great pride in taking up leadership roles at the school, district and state level. They are a team whose high energy affects their young learners in a positive way. (Carlson notes that there are few signs of stress in their student body.) Four Crownhill teachers are certified by the National Board; several more are working toward this professional recognition. And to complement these fine credentials, the Washington Association of School Principals awarded Carlson their highest honor — Principal of the Year in 2011. More here, in the Education Briefs section of the Kitsap Sun.
We Can Make the Connection
Combine this rich mix of leadership, expanding expertise and inspired human dedication with a strong connection to the community — in the 2011-2012 school year, local volunteers clocked over 4,000 hours of service at Crownhill — and you have a high-performing educational setting in which all children can reach their full potential. The quality of the Crownhill Elementary experience relies on, and renews itself through, the strong, focused leadership of Jill Carlson, a vital element in the Nine Characteristics of High-Performing Schools.